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"I call classic healthy, romantic sick". Goethe
Historical situation: profound discontent because of the political situation and the acceleration of history between 1789 and 1848 and as a result:
– A feeling of frustration, inability to modify the
course of events.
|Victor Adam, Juin 1830 - La barricade de la rue Saint-Antoine|
Social situation: the young Romantics feel isolated, maladjusted, and live spiritually on the edge of society, at times combating it, with no solid intellectual or moral support.
In France, as a result of the social upheaval since 1789, the Romantics have nothing in common with the two preceding generations.
The Napoleonic epic and myths that it has produced further enhance their nostalgia.
Gros, 1801 - Bonaparte on the Bridge at Arcole
Girodet, 1801 - Ossian receiving the Ghosts of the French Heroes
Gros, 1804 - Bonaparte Visiting the Pesthouse in Jaffa
Gros, 1808 - Napoleon Bonaparte on the Battlefield of Eylau
Géricault, 1812 - An Officer of the Imperial Horse Guards Charging
Géricault, 1814 - The Wounded Cuirassier
|Conséquences: the "maladjusted" man|
– Taking refuge in
dreams, in the "ME".
Friedrich, 1822 - Woman at a Window
Chassériau - Sappho Leaping into the Sea
Fuseli, 1794 - Solitude at Dawn
Delacroix, 1838 - Frédéric Chopin
Goethe, 1774 - Werther
|Fascination for the macabre, hallucinations, fantastic.||
Friedrich, 1810 - The Abbey in the Oakwood
Friedrich, 1822 - Raven tree
|Longing for the infinite, Beauty, in other words, often Nature in its immensity, Nature where God is to be found.||
Wolf, 1778 - Geltenbachfall in Winter
Friedrich, 1818 - Woman before the Setting Sun
Friedrich, 1824 - Trees in the moonlight
Friedrich, 1812 - Cross and Cathedral in the Mountains
|Longing for "elsewhere". Real or imaginary dreams.||Dauzats, 1840 - Passing through the Gates of Iron in Algeria|
exaltation of "ME" / struggles / european art